CAB Collaborating Across Boundaries

CABPortal: Partnerships to Solve Community Problems

What is CABPortal?

CABPortal is a website which allows faculty and admins to share information regarding interdisciplinary courses and projects. This is a platform intended to help publicize courses and projects around different academic settings to everyone.

A Look at a Few Projects Supported By CABPortal

Projects that Need Reviewing


A web-based content management system to aid investigative reporting of gun-related crimes in the Philadelphia region. Catalyst for a hard-hitting investigative series on the justice system in the Philadelphia region. Interdisciplinary collaboration between students and faculty in the Database Systems and Computer Assisted Reporting classes at TCNJ, and The Philadelphia Inquirer, a large metropolitan newspaper.

  • Target audience: higher ed

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A web-based content management system with editorial workflow control for an online magazine. Mentored undergraduate research project partially funded through grants from TCNJ Academic Affairs and CREU.

  • Target audience: higher ed

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Collaborating Across Boundaries to Engage Undergraduates in Computational Thinking Computer science educators recognize that rapid advances in technology and the emergence of a global economy make it essential to national competitiveness to expose students from all disciplines to the ideas of computational thinking. Computational thinking includes a broad range of mental tools and concepts from computer science that empower specialists in all disciplines to more effectively adopt, use and develop computational tools to solve problems, design systems and understand human behavior. To adequately prepare a workforce for the changing economic and global landscape, the project is developing a model that enables students with diverse perspectives and disciplinary backgrounds to learn how to collaborate and integrate concepts from their respective fields to develop technology-based solutions for complex real-world problems. The model includes collaboration with a community partner, making...

  • Target audience: Test Group

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CAB is...

A Community Collaboration

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A result of collaborative efforts between educators and their communities

An Interdisciplinary Effort


A curricular strategy for fostering collaboration between students in computer science and those in computing-dependent knowledge domains.

A New Pedagogy

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A novel, multi-disciplinary approach to community-engaged learning.

A Framework


A collaborative model for developing technology-based solutions to community problems.

SOAP - Students Organized Against Pollution

Our Spotlight Project: SOAP

SOAP (Students Organizing Against Pollution) is a software development project that tests our hypothesis that collaborations between computer science students, non-CS students and a community partner are an effective way to boost computational thinking

The goal of the SOAP project is to create an online resource that provides more accurate, accessible and comprehensive information about neighborhood-level environmental conditions in Trenton, New Jersey than is currently available through local state and federal databases.

How to Get involved with CAB

We are looking for educators and computer science and computing-dependent fields interested in new models for interdisciplinary collaboration and community engaged learning.

Learn more about us by participating in one of our events.